Jennifer Wolf
Jennifer Wolf 24 Oct 2019

Dress shopping by myself

Questions for all B2B! I was wondering if any of you ever went dress shopping by themselves? I live in the UK while all my family and friends are abroad. I've got my future husbands family who come along occasionally but can't always come and also haven't made any friends while living here.

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Oct 2019

I went a few times with friends and family but when I actually bought my dress I was on my own.

Lucie McPheat
Lucie McPheat 25 Oct 2019

I did! I know I’m easily swayed by other opinions and want to please them! Wanted my dress to be about me and what I wanted. Had a fab experience. Enjoy it

Danielle Davies
Danielle Davies 25 Oct 2019

The first time I went was by myself. I had absolutely no idea what styles I liked so I decided to go alone to try on different styles without anyone else's opinion. Then when I narrowed it down to about 3 different styles I liked, that's when I took people with me. X

Kelly Marston
Kelly Marston 25 Oct 2019

I've bought mine online 😊

Rebecca Bradley
Rebecca Bradley 25 Oct 2019

what about a video call whilst shopping or atleast facetime
when you found
one u like

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Oct 2019

I went alone to a bridal shop and found the dress that I've purchased.
It was stress free and now my bridal party have a lovely surprise in seeing me in it when it arrives in store.

Jaymee-Leigh McAliece
Jaymee-Leigh McAliece 25 Oct 2019

Where you from? I'll happily travel and be your friend if in Scotland. I'll be nothing but supportive x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Oct 2019

I took my OH. He took lots of pictures and was very helpful. I'm not traditional lol

Danielle Woods
Danielle Woods 25 Oct 2019

I brought one second hand on Facebook market in a size 18 (which is like a size 16) which was comfortable when I brought it but I’m loosing weight quite fast so I might need to go dress shopping.
I am going to wait until closer to the time and go to outlet shops like Serenity Brides and I am likely to go alone the first time so I can try on some styles without influence and then I will take others when I know I have some styles whittled down. The people who run the shops are very good and will support you and always help you to find a style or 2 that suit you when on your own.
If you are in the Essex area PM me; if you don’t wanna go alone I will try to go with you and ya never know, you might make a friend or 2 😊

Amy Wright
Amy Wright 25 Oct 2019

I went with both bridesmaids to one shop, 1 bridesmaid to the second shop and alone to the 3rd shop where I found my dress. Told the lady what I did and didn't want, she was brilliant, knew exactly the right dress for me, didn't let me see till she put it on me and I knew once it was on that it was the one.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Oct 2019

I think this is a fab idea, never considered it. You wouldn’t have to worry about people being bored etc. I think go for it

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Oct 2019

I took one bridesmaid once the rest I went and brought my dress on my own

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Oct 2019

I did but I didnt intend to find my dress lol .... went to just have a look and try some dresses on and ended up finding " The One " .....

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Oct 2019

I FaceTimed my mum!

Anna Rush
Anna Rush 25 Oct 2019

I bought my dress by my self. Mainly for practical reasons as my mum lives abroad and my friends live 3hrs drive from me. It wasn't a big event, I like shopping so it was fun. Plus I didn't have to worry that someone isn't going to approve my choice.

Karen Wernham
Karen Wernham 25 Oct 2019

yes i had to as parents live away, i found the dress i wanted.. my mum threw a wobbler she didnt have he dress at hers prior to wedding but she lives 175 miles away motherinlaw is over the road and if anything needed sorting i need it local so tough.. sometimes you have to be strong with parents, what we did though night before it was brought over so it was in the house and hubby went to his mums and i showed the dress to my gran aunty and mum.. i was new to the town so didnt have friends with me.. but i enjoyed it, i knew what i wanted and no hassle and the staff were great.. no stress, no one lecturing you etc..

Sarah Sharpe
Sarah Sharpe 25 Oct 2019

I put my mum on video call, the shop were great about it and I didn't feel alone. It was the next best thing xx

Tracy Baker
Tracy Baker 25 Oct 2019

I brought my dress on my own and showed no one until the day

Lisette Van dam
Lisette Van dam 25 Oct 2019

I went once with my sister while visiting my family in The Netherlands and the second time with my mother in law to be in Northern Ireland where they live and where the wedding will be. Never went with either of my parents as they've both passed unfortunately. I would've gone again myself if I didn't find anything in Northern Ireland (we're in Glasgow area ourselves at the moment still) but thankfully did

Courtney Bartlett
Courtney Bartlett 25 Oct 2019

I do, I live 80 miles from my mum and she's disabled, so I video call her from inside the shop xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Oct 2019

I went with a friend but otherwise it would have been on my own. X

Sarah Kidman
Sarah Kidman 25 Oct 2019

I kind of wish I'd gone on my own to be honest!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Oct 2019

Sorry to hear you've not really got anyone here in the UK, that must be tough! Maybe go alone if you have to (take your future family where possible) then take someone back to see anything you really love, for a second opinion?
Good luck!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Oct 2019

I did. Happens more often than you think and the shops actually prefer you to go alone or keep the group to a minimum (2-3). Too many cooks and all that

Teresa Burns
Teresa Burns 25 Oct 2019

Most bridal shops are really helpful specially smaller ones.
I hope you soon find new friends that will love to go with you. X

Sarah Pollard
Sarah Pollard 25 Oct 2019

I went on my own ...

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 26 Oct 2019

Where do you live mayb soneone in the forum could come withbyou if you want it. They may also be honest as they have no emotional connection!!! Xxx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 26 Oct 2019

I've worked in a bridal boutique and it's not unusual for a bride to go dress shopping on her own! Actually I think when brides take an entourage with them, it's worse! I remember brides being stressed out because they would like a dress, and the rest of the entourage would be debating about whether or not each of them liked it, which would just confuse the bride about her choice! When that happened, I used to have a quiet word with the bride when I was dressing her, and try and tell her to focus on what dress she would like, and what her husband would like to see her in.
You know that old saying "too many cooks spoil the broth." The more people there are dress shopping with a bride, the harder it is.
Think of this as a positive, you get the privacy to try on whatever dresses you want, without anyone influencing you.
Trust your judgement, the ladies in the shop will help you, and above all, enjoy it xx

Melanie Shinton
Melanie Shinton 26 Oct 2019

I went dress shopping on my own, and my first few dress fittings were alone. No big deal 🤷‍♀️

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Oct 2019

Yes I went alone just with my 1 year old

Rachel Thomas
Rachel Thomas 29 Oct 2019

I went dress shopping by myself, best decision ever and no one apart from maybe my mum will see it before the morning of the wedding. keeps up a surprise for everyone.

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